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Barbara Walters Apologizes for Ugly Conflict of Interest

Barbara Walters Apologizes for Ugly Conflict of Interest

Barbara Walters fessed up to the Daily Telegraph that her December interview with Bashar Assad involved an ugly conflict of interest. After Sheherazad Jaafari, Assad’s press advisor, helped Walters get the coveted interview, the ABC News vet threw her weight behind Jaafari’s efforts to get an internship at CNN and a place at Columbia University. When confronted with the

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Israel Daily News Stream 06/05/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. UNESCO to formally consider World Heritage status for Church of the Nativity. Date set for Mavi Marmara trial. Did the Mubarak trial serve justice, or military interests? Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • UNESCO

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Israel Daily News Stream 05/31/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Gaza convoy disbands. Iran suspiciously razes buildings at nuclear site. Syria takes a beating in the press. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • George Galloway’s Gaza convoy broke up in dismal failure. Viva Palestina was

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When Crowdsourcing Reveals You’re an Idiot

Business Insider’s chief editor and CEO, Henry Blodget tried to crowdsource an answer to the question, Why Do People Hate Jews? Bad move. In the context of Blodget’s column, the question gave legitimacy to anti-Semitism. And a stereotypical photo of Chassidic Jews added to the incongruity. When the wisdom of the crowd rightly concluded this was idiocy,

Are You Ready to Take Your Israel Advocacy Up a Notch?

Just finished reading one the most unbelievably skewed commentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s so bad, I actually see it as a teachable moment. So rather than debunk it myself, I’m turning this over to the readers. So take a stab at addressing the issues raised by Belfast Telegraph columnist Eamonn McCann. We’re talking about: The Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions

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Israel Daily News Stream 05/23/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Catherine Ashton says Palestinian stone-throwing is legitimate non-violent protest. Israeli watches warily as Iranian nuclear talks begin. Bloggers expose forged Israeli passport used by Iran to execute a “Mossad agent.” Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.   • The JTA picked

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